Texas Rangers: Esmil Rogers

Matchup: Yu Darvish vs. Esmil Rogers

June, 13, 2013
6/13/13
1:30
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers open a four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays with right-hander Yu Darvish facing Jays right-hander Esmil Rogers at 7:05 p.m. Thursday night on Fox Sports Southwest, ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and ESPN Deportes Dallas 1540 AM.

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Darvish (7-2, 2.75): Darvish will pitch on regular rest and will be looking for his first win in four starts. ... He went seven innings in the Rangers' 4-3 loss in 18 innings Saturday in Toronto. ... Darvish allowed all three runs with two outs in the third inning on a two-run triple by Colby Rasmus and an error by Jurickson Profar. ... Darvish is still pitching well despite his winless streak, going 0-1 with a 2.28 ERA in his last four starts. ... It's the first time in his major league career he's gone four starts without a win. ... Run support has suddenly become an issue for Darvish. ... The Rangers have scored one or zero runs for him in three of his last four starts after they averaged better than seven runs in his first nine starts. ... Darvish leads the majors with 118 strikeouts and 12.02 strikeouts per nine innings. ... He is tied for the major league lead in opponents batting average at .182. ... Darvish is 14-3 with a 3.57 ERA for 21 career starts at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. ... He is 2-1 with a 3.12 ERA and 29 strikeouts in four starts versus Toronto.

Rogers (1-2, 3.60): Rogers is still building up his arm strength, so expect the Blue Jays' bullpen to be called on early. ... Rogers pitched four innings and threw 73 pitches as he allowed one run Friday as the Blue Jays cruised to a 6-1 victory over the Rangers. ... Rogers made his second start after converting from the bullpen. ... He relied heavily on his slider to get six strikeouts. ... He's allowed one run in his last 16 1/3 innings, all but one of those outings pitching in relief. ... Rogers has allowed two home runs in 35 innings.

Hitters: Colby Rasmus (5-for-9, 2 RBIs) and Edwin Encarnacion (5-for-10, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs) have given Darvish fits. Adrian Beltre (2-for-3, RBI) and Jeff Baker (2-for-4) handled Rogers in Toronto last weekend.

Matchup: Nick Tepesch vs. Esmil Rogers

June, 7, 2013
6/07/13
1:30
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The Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays begin a three-game series at Rogers Centre on Friday night with right-hander Nick Tepesch facing Jays right-hander Esmil Rogers at 6:07 p.m. on Ch. 21 and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM.

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Tepesch (3-4, 3.44): The Rangers are hopeful that Tepesch has turned a corner in his rookie season, allowing two earned runs or less in his last four starts. ... This good stretch of pitching has helped Tepesch lower his ERA from 4.50 to his current 3.44 mark. ... He is tied for second among American League rookies with three wins and he's third in strikeouts with 39. ... Tepesch has four quality starts, second among AL rookies behind teammate Justin Grimm. ... Tepesch took a no-decision in his most recent start last Saturday after Kansas City, allowing an unearned run in 6 1/3 innings. ... He had two strikeouts and no walks. ... It was his longest outing since he went 6 2/3 innings May 1 against the Chicago White Sox. ... Tepesch is 2-2 with a 4.18 ERA for five road starts. ... The Rangers are 4-6 in his starts.

Rogers (1-2, 3.77 ERA): Injuries have forced the Blue Jays to give Rogers his second starts of the season. ... He made a spot start against the Atlanta Braves on May 29, pitching 3 1/3 shutout innings. ... The 27-year-old Rogers allowed three hits and two walks while striking out four. .... He threw a season-high 62 pitches. ... Rogers has made 23 appearances out of the bullpen. ... Opponents are batting .277 against Rogers, but he's managed to keep his ERA under 4.00. ... He has a stretch of 12 2/3 scoreless innings going. ... He has allowed nine hits and walked four during his run.

Hitters: Tepesch has never faced the Blue Jays. Jeff Baker has two hits in two at-bats against Rogers.

Rapid Reaction: Rangers 5, Indians 3

August, 31, 2012
8/31/12
9:18
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Texas Rangers reliever Koji Uehara allowed two runs in the bottom of the ninth on a Casey Kotchman home run before closer Joe Nathan came in and shut the door on the Cleveland Indians for a 5-3 Rangers' win.

Since the trade: Ryan Dempster made his sixth start with the Rangers since being traded from the Chicago Cubs. He kept the Indians hitless for 3.2 innings. Dempster pitched six innings of two-hit ball, allowing one unearned run with three walks and seven strikeouts.

Stolen away: Ian Kinsler stole second base in the first inning. It’s his first stolen base since August 8.

Running home: One batter after stealing that base, Kinsler scored his 91st run of the season on Adrian Beltre’s RBI single. Kinsler is second in the American League in runs scored.

Walk this way: Josh Hamilton saw 15 pitches in his first two plate appearances. He preceded Beltre’s 82nd RBI with a seven-pitch first-inning walk. Hamilton looked at eight pitches for a one-out walk in the third. He later scored on Michael Young’s infield RBI single.

RISP reward: David Murphy entered Friday’s game batting .389 (28-for-72) with runners in scoring position and 39 RBIs. He drove in the Rangers' third run with a third inning single hit the opposite way to left field.

Extra outs: Shortstop Elvis Andrus was charged with two errors in the fourth inning. He has 15 errors this season. The first was a throwing error on what could have been a double play, but his throw was wild of Dempster covering first base and the ball went out of play. That baserunner wound up scoring on Carlos Santana’s RBI single for a 3-1 Rangers' lead. Elvis mishandled a grounder off the bat of the next batter, Kotchman. This is the first multi-error game for Andrus in his career. Young in 2007 was the last Rangers shortstop to have a two-error game.

More RISP and reward: Kinsler hit his 36th double of the season with two outs in the sixth inning. Murphy had tripled to begin the inning. That Kinsler hit ended a stretch where the Rangers were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. The Rangers went up 4-1, and that was the end of the night for Indians starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez.

Frustration: Nelson Cruz was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. When Esmil Rogers struck him out in the seventh inning, Cruz hammered the barrel of his bat to the ground, and home plate umpire Bill Welke promptly ejected Cruz. The ejection resulted in Hamilton moving from center field to right, and Craig Gentry entered the game to play center.

Four for Friday: For the second consecutive Friday, Beltre had a four-hit game. Those are his only four-hit games of the season. Beltre was 4-for-5 against the Indians with two singles, two doubles and two runs scored. He also drove in one run.

Streaking: Andrus had a single in the ninth inning that extended his hitting streak to 27 games versus the Indians. He tied Ivan Rodriguez for the longest hitting streak by a Ranger against a single opponent. According to Elias Sports Bureau, the 27-game streak for Andrus is the first career-opening hit streak against one opponent since Vladimir Guerrero hit in his first 44 games against the Rangers.

The last time: Prior to tonight’s start, Dempster last faced the Indians in 2006.

Road trip: The Rangers have begun a 10-game road trip which features three at Cleveland, four at Kansas City and three at Tampa Bay.

On deck: The Rangers meet the Indians for the second game of this three-game series at 6:05 p.m. Saturday. RHP Scott Feldman (6-10, 4.95) and RHP Roberto Hernandez (0-3, 7.53) are the starting pitchers. Hernandez is the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona. Rangers Insider begins on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM at 5 p.m., and Rangers Baseball Tonight is at 5:30 on the Texas Rangers ESPN Radio Network.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.322 14 53 52
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 14
RBIA. Beltre 53
RA. Beltre 52
OPSA. Beltre .880
WY. Darvish 9
ERAY. Darvish 2.92
SOY. Darvish 159